Helen Skelton breaks Royal Ascot’s dress code in a daring jumpsuit


Newly-single Helen Skelton breaks Royal Ascot’s dress code in a daring halterneck jumpsuit with a keyhole cut out as she enjoys a day at the races

Helen Skelton ignored Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure dress code as she attended the races on Wednesday. 

The presenter, who recently split from husband Richie Myler, looked sensational in a daring hot pink halter jumpsuit with a risqué keyhole cut out and flared trousers. 

However, Helen, 38, told fans she was enjoying the races from the Royal Enclosure, where halter necklines are forbidden. 

Oops: Helen Skelton ignored Royal Ascot's Royal Enclosure dress code as she attended the races on Wednesday

Oops: Helen Skelton ignored Royal Ascot’s Royal Enclosure dress code as she attended the races on Wednesday

Royal Ascot guests have been encouraged to push the fashion boundaries this summer, with the 2022 published Style Guide hinting at a less strict approach. 

However formality is still required in the Royal Enclosure – where punters have been able to buy their way in since 2007. 

Jumpsuits are welcome but should fall below the knee and feature a strap of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.

Hats or a headpiece with a solid base of at least four inches are also required.  

Wow: The presenter, who recently split from husband Richie Myler, looked sensational in a daring hot pink halter jumpsuit with a risqué keyhole cut out and flared trousers

Wow: The presenter, who recently split from husband Richie Myler, looked sensational in a daring hot pink halter jumpsuit with a risqué keyhole cut out and flared trousers

While jackets and pashminas are acceptable, the items of clothing beneath must still adhere to the dress code.  

With a halter neckline, Helen’s eye-catching jumpsuit did not adhere to the enclosure’s strict dress code. 

MailOnline has contacted Helen’s representatives for comment.  

Cheeky: Helen, 38, told fans she was enjoying the races from the Royal Enclosure, where halter necklines are forbidden (pictured with friends including Dr Zoe Williams, right)

Cheeky: Helen, 38, told fans she was enjoying the races from the Royal Enclosure, where halter necklines are forbidden (pictured with friends including Dr Zoe Williams, right) 

Helen still looked sensational in the number, which offered a glimpse at her cleavage with its daring cut out and cinched in at her slender waist with a chunky belt.  

Helen added to the glamour with a wide brimmed white hat adorned with flowers, while she carried a boxy black clutch bag. 

She shared snaps of her look on Instagram in a post captioned: ‘Day for it❤️ thanks for having us @slingsbysocial @the_royal_ascot #ascot #raceday #royalenclosure.’

Uh oh: Jumpsuits are welcome but should fall below the knee and feature a strap of one inch or greater

Uh oh: Jumpsuits are welcome but should fall below the knee and feature a strap of one inch or greater

Helen’s outing came after she split from husband Richie in April after eight years of marriage. 

The break up came just four months after the arrival of the couple’s third child, a baby daughter.

It was recently revealed Richie has begun a new relationship with the daughter of the multi-millionaire President of the Leeds Rhinos club he plays for.

Helen is said to feel ‘bewildered’ by the breakdown of her marriage to Richie, 31, whose new partner is Stephanie Thirkill, 32.

Moving on: Helen's outing came after she split from husband Richie Myler in April after eight years of marriage

Moving on: Helen’s outing came after she split from husband Richie Myler in April after eight years of marriage

A source close to the couple told MailOnline: ‘Helen is absolutely devastated. Now she is contemplating life without him while he has moved on with his new partner.’

‘Richie is insisting there was no crossover, that he began the romance with Stephanie after their marriage collapsed, but Helen feels let down. They are still married, and their baby is literally four months old.

‘She thought their marriage was safe and secure and is totally shocked by what’s happened.’

Stephanie is the daughter of Andrew Thirkill, who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175 million.

THE OFFICIAL ROYAL ASCOT STYLE GUIDE 2022 

ROYAL ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE 

LADIES  

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire's Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000

Pictured left: Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £320, tie £95, pocket square £35, Oliver Brown top hat £500, Shirt £85, Shoes: Haes and Curtis £149. Pictured right: The Vampire’s Wife dress £1,650, Handbag £450, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £1,580, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,350, Ring: Garrard £8,000 

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent.

Erdem dress £2490, hat £1395, gloves £390, Emilia Wickstead shoes £515, earrings: 4element. Available to rent. 

  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer. 
  • Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted.
  • Jackets and pashminas may be worn. Tops and dresses underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure Dress Code. Midriffs must be covered. 
  • Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full-length to the ankle and of matching material and colour.
  • Jumpsuits are welcome. They should fall below the knee, with regulations matching that for dresses. 
  • Hats should be worn; however, a headpiece which has a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat. Fascinators are not permitted. 

GIRLS

  • Girls (aged 10-17) should dress in accordance with the Ladies’ Dress Code. However, they may wear a headpiece or fascinator as an alternative to a hat, without any size restriction. 

 GENTLEMEN

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85

Favourbrook jacket £720, trousers £250, waistcoat £280, tie £110, shoes £320, Oliver Brown top hat £500, shirt £85 

It is a requirement to wear black, grey or navy morning dress which must include: 

  • A waistcoat and tie (no cravats or bow ties)
  • A black or grey top hat
  • Black shoes worn with socks

A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a Private Box, a private club or a facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. 

Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Gardens.

The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure

Novelty waistcoats and ties are not permitted. Discreet patterns and those of a patriotic nature (for example, a national flag) are acceptable.

BOYS

  • Boys (aged 10-17) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s Dress Code; or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not permitted on site.

QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE DRESS CODE  

LADIES 

Pictured: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875

Pictured: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Simone Rocha £995, Hat: Jane Taylor £1,560, ShuShu Tong bag £450, shoes £875. Pictured right: Emilia Wickstead dress: £1,650, shoes £590, Hat: Edwina Ibbotson £2,045

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Dress: Lisa the Label £720, Hat: Emily London £885, Shoes: Roger Vivier £1,150. Pictured right: Oliver Brown suit £327, shirt £85, tie £69, pocket square: Richard Anderson £84, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. 
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149

Richard James jacket £585, trousers £345, Oliver Brown shirt £85, tie £49, Hawes and Curtis pocket square £29, shoes £149 

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry's £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Pictured left: Oliver Spencer suit jacket £369, suit trousers £189, shirt: Budd £130, Tie: Oliver Brown £59, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Harry’s £350. Pictured right: Richard James jacket £745, trousers £325, shirt: Budd £130, tie: Oliver Brown £49, pocket square: Richard Anderson £95, shoes: Russel and Bromley £225

Gentlemen’s Dress Code Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length suit with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following: Jackets and trousers should be of matching colour and pattern. 

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Bow ties and cravats are not permitted.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle. Jeans, chinos and trainers are not permitted. 

BOYS

  • Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

VILLAGE ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050

Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750

Pictured left: Bora Aksu blouse £429, skirt £385, shoes £595, hat: Juliette Botterill £370, handbag: Roger Vivier £1,050. Pictured right: dress: Temperley £560, hat: Yuan Li Milinery £580, shoes: Jimmy Choo £750 

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Pictured left: Shrimps dress £495, bag £475, hat: Bee Smith £250, shoes: Office £40, earrings: Margaux Studios £195. Pictured right: Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, shirt: Hawes and Curtis £55, tie: Oliver Brown £59, shoes: Christian Louboutin £775

Ladies within the Village Enclosure are required to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion and are kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.
  • Strapless and sheer dresses and tops are not permitted. Please note our definition of strapless necklines include off-the-shoulder, Bardot and one shoulder. Dresses and tops with sheer straps and sleeves are also not permitted. Midriffs must be covered.
  • Trouser suits must be full-length, and jumpsuits should fall below the knee. Both must adhere to the neckline regulations above. Shorts are not permitted

Please note, the Village Enclosure is a grassed area and ladies should consider their hat size and shoes accordingly. Smaller hats or fascinators and wedges or block heels are recommended in place of large headwear or stilettos.

GIRLS 

  • Girls aged 17 and under should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested.
  • Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be work but are not compulsory. 

GENTLEMEN 

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59

Gant blazer £350, trousers £175, Hawes and Curtis shirt £55, shoes £149, tie: Oliver Brown £59 

Gentlemen are required to wear a full-length trousers and jacket with a collared shirt and tie, and kindly asked to take note of the following:

  • A tie should be worn at all times. Ties, bow ties or cravats can be worn in the Village Enclosure.
  • Socks must be worn and should cover the ankle.
  • Jeans and trainers are not permitted.

BOYS 

Boys aged 10-17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Younger boys nine and under should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie. 

WINDSOR ENCLOSURE 

LADIES

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99

Dress: LK Bennett £499, hat: Juliette Botterill £430, shoes: Kurt Geiger £99 

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Ladies are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that ladies wear smart attire with a hat or fascinator.

GENTLEMEN

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Ted Baker jacket £279, trousers £150, shirt £95, pocket square: Oliver Brown £35, shoes: Grenson £295

Whilst there is no official Dress Code for the Windsor Enclosure, Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in smart daywear.

It is recommended that Gentlemen wear a jacket, collared shirt and full-length trousers.

 

 

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